The trick is, he showed them the films out of order. He started with A New Hope, then Empire. But skipped Jedi, saving it until the very end. He then showed them episodes 1, 2 and 3. This entry covers their viewing of episode 3.
The reason he saves Jedi until the end is because it is the emotional resolution of the entire series: the redemption of Anakin.
It's kind of adorable and it makes me look forward to showing my son Star Wars when he is ready for them.
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"A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY…"
I was startled by how participatory it was this time. They've internalized the way the movies start now. And then Toshi reads the opening crawl for his little brother. And Allen is poised on Toshi's very dramatic reading of the entire thing, intent, and as soon as Toshi finishes reading, he explains it to Allen again. "So Anakin and Obi Wan are going to fight with General Grievous from the cartoon and he kidnapped the nice old man who is Anakin's friend."
That's who Palpatine is to them.
One of the many questions that Toshi and Allen asked me right after we watched "Attack Of The Clones" last week was about the identity of Darth Sidious. I told them that he was in the movies without his face covered up, but they didn't know who it was. And they were shocked at the mere suggestion. Toshi hasn't puzzled it out, and as much as I can't imagine not knowing, they don't know. They have no idea what's coming in this movie we're about to watch, and I realize that it's going to be a genuine jolt when it happens.
They also wanted to know why Ashoka from the "Clone Wars" isn't in the movie, and I didn't have an answer for them. I can only assume some awful moment lies in her future on the animated series, and that it will be yet another bitter pill for them to swallow since they like her a lot.
So we watched the entire opening sequence of the movie, up to the moment where Anakin and Padme are finally reunited, which led to a "ewwwww, they're kissing again" moment from both the boys. Perfect place to stop. That opening is absolutely monstrous in scale. It's bigger than most movies at any point, beginning, middle or ending. It's outrageous. They love R2-D2 as much as always, and each new power he demonstrates in the films is greeted by cheers from the boys. Allen loved watching R2 burn up some other robots, an almost Beavis-level of glee erupting from him. And Grievous was a big hit. They like him on the cartoon, but Toshi was excited to see "the real him."
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